CU Boulder is the home to, and birthplace of, many “celebrities”. I use the word celebrity loosely because some of the successful and well-known people who have sprung from the University of Colorado work behind the scenes and not in front of the camera.

The list of CU successes is a large one, consisting of scholarly award winners, astronauts, athletes, politicians and journalists. Hundreds and hundreds of alumni are recognized for their outstanding achievements in their various fields. However, I will focus on the alumni who are largely in the public eye and whose names you will likely recognize.

Brandon Barnes, a the drummer for alternative rock band Rise Against, studied music at CU and played drums in the University of Colorado music program.

Dalton Trumbo is an Academy Award winner and novelist who attended CU for two years and wrote for the Daily Camera. He also contributed to the campus newspaper and yearbook.

Matt Stone and Trey Parker, who met in a film class at CU, co-created the show Southpark togetherIndividually, they have each created multiple films.

Robert Redford, although he did not graduate from CU, is the creator of Sundance Film Festival. During his two years at CU, he was apart of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and worked at the Sink.

Nicole Fox was the winner of America’s New Top Model cycle 13. As of 2009, she was a sophomore at CU studying studio arts. Her dream was to be an artist and journalist alongside becoming a model.

Angus T. Jones, who currently attends the university, was the star of Two and a Half Men alongside Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer. He also played parts in See Spot Run and George of the Jungle 2.

This list spans over 90 years of talent that was harvested from the University of Colorado, Boulder – and 90 years from now, more legends will be born and more successes will be recorded with the stamp of CU Boulder alumni.